The Tribune was among more than 50 Lake Houston-area businesses honored for their community service by the Humble Rotary Club during the club’s annual appreciation luncheon held Oct. 10 at the Humble Civic Center.
The rotary also distributed more than $45,000 to eight Lake-Houston-area nonprofit organizations: Humble Area Assistance Ministries (HAAM), Mission Northeast, Family Promise of Lake Houston, Oaks of Righteousness, Village Learning Center, The Rose Group, Society of St. Stephen, and Including Kids.
“At the heart of Rotary are five avenues of service,” club President Daniel Contreras said prior to presenting the checks. “One of the avenues is community service to improve life in Lake Houston. The organizations we’ve selected today benefit a broad area or need in our community. Our goal has always been to help these organizations with their monetary needs and to offer hands-on service through volunteering.”
As each organization received a check, Rotarian Deborah Rose Miller read a short bio and how the funds will be used. HAAM, for example, will use their $4,000 check for fleet maintenance on vehicles that pick up donations and make deliveries. Family Promise of Lake Houston targeted their $3,000 check to help their families repair and maintain their vehicles for job interviews, work and school.
Contreras revealed a $12,000 grant for scholarships that will be awarded next spring to the 12 high school seniors graduating from the Rotary’s first Junior Rotarian Club.
“Under the able direction of Dr. Bonnie Longnion, we’ve implemented a two-year Junior Rotarian program of mentorship and community service consisting of 12 seniors and 12 juniors from the six Humble ISD high schools,” Contreras said.
Humble Rotary also donated $2,000 to Dr. Aaron Clevenson for the Humble ISD Science Fair, a $2,500 grant to Diane Blanco representing Lone Star College-Kingwood’s new Humble Literacy Program, and committed $6,000 toward the purchase of animals during the 2019 Humble FFA Livestock Show.
Acknowledging their motto, Service Above Self, the Club recognized Ernest Hauser and Tom Gibbons as “…cornerstones of our festival for years and whose unfailing leadership has brought us to new heights in our giving,” said Contreras.
-Harvey Trigg earns club’s ‘special apron’-
Gibbons was instrumental in adding the car show to the festival which, Contreras said, helped it grow in popularity and visibility, and Hauser is the club’s go-to sponsor captain who “…helped bring the festival to the level it is today.”
Harvey Trigg was singled out with a specially designed apron, designating him “Catfish King” for his long service to Humble Rotary.
“Harvey began catering our weekly meetings in 1997, took on catering for our spaghetti supper, then took on the challenge of feeding more than a thousand people when we moved to a fish fry,” said Contreras. “Some people say the way to a person’s heart is through their stomach. Well, Harvey has shown his heart through filling other people’s stomachs.”
Humble Rotary this year was able to distribute more than $100,000 from their annual festival and their golf tournament. The 2019 Humble Rotary Festival will be held Saturday, May 5, 2019, at the Humble Civic Center Arena. The 2019 Humble Rotary Golf Tournament is set for Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, at Atascocita Golf Club.
The Rotary Club of Humble meets Wednesdays at 11:45 a.m. at the Humble Civic Center. To participate in the 2019 festival or golf tournament or to learn more about the club, visit humblerotary.com.